Millennium Dome architect Lord Rogers dies aged 88

Millennium Dome architect Lord Rogers dead at 88: Pioneer behind Pompidou Centre and Lloyd’s of London HQ is remembered as a ‘gracious man and glorious talent’

  • Architect Richard Rogers, who designed the Millennium Dome and Cheesegrater, has died at the age of 88 
  • Lord Roger also designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris and European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg 
  • A giant in architecture, he was awarded the the Pritzker prize in 2017 for having ‘revolutionised’ museums

Acclaimed architect Richard Rogers – who changed the London skyline with the Millennium Dome and ‘Cheesegrater’ Leadenhall Building – has died at the age of 88.

Lord Rogers, who also designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris, ‘passed away quietly’ on Saturday evening, according to his communications agent.

American architecture critic Paul Goldberger called the news ‘heartbreaking’, adding on Twitter it was ‘another huge loss for architecture in 2021. A gracious man and a glorious talent. RIP’.

British architect Richard Rogers, known for designing some of the world’s most famous buildings including Paris’ Pompidou Centre, has died aged 88

The London Millennium Dome, designed by British architect Richard Rogers, was the focus for celebrations at the turn of the Millennium as well as the venue for the London Olympics in 2012

The ‘Cheesegrater’ Leadenhall Building, completed in 2013, is among the most recognisable recent additions to London’s skyline

Lord Rogers was born in 1933 to an Anglo-Italian family in Florence, Italy and at a young age moved to England, where he later trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before graduating with a master’s from Yale.

His designs, which also include the Senedd building in Cardiff and Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights, won critical acclaim with the Royal Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize.

The jury when awarding him the Pritzker in 2017 praised him for having “revolutionised museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city”.

Lord Rogers, one of the two architects of the cultural ‘Pompidou’ centre poses in front of the building in Paris

The Pompidou Centre in Paris, designed in the style of high-tech architecture, was constructed between 1971 and 1977

The Pompidou Centre houses France’s public information library as well as the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, designed by British architect Richard Rogers

He received the Freedom of the City of London at Guildhall Art Gallery in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to architecture and urbanism.

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy early on Sunday paid tribute to Lord Rogers, whose firm designed the channel’s 124 Horseferry Road headquarters, as someone “whose wonderful buildings are testament to an amazing, inventive, charismatic man”.

The New York Times reported Lord Rogers is survived by his wife Lady Ruth – the co-founder of London’s River Cafe restaurant – sons Ab, Ben, Roo and Zad, his brother Peter and 13 grandchildren.

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